1.Video GeoEditor - Overview
Geotag, Map & Edit your videos
Remote GeoSystems, Inc.
3307 S College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA
1.1.About Video GeoEditor
Video GeoEditor includes all features found in Video GeoTagger PRO, plus the following:
Video GeoEditor Features
Patent-pending Easy Map-based Video Editing – No video editing experience, simply click on the GPS track for a geotagged video to make edit selections based on map locations.
Edit Video & Keep GPS Data Synchronized – All edited videos file keep the continuous GPS data intact and synchronized with the new video’s new time, allowing you to concentrate on editing the video intuitively without worrying about losing geospatial data.
Extract Subclips From Video – Mark a begin-time and end-time within the video, then use the Extract Subclip function to save that selected segment as a new video file.
Delete Video Sections & Merge – With Delete Selection & Merge, you can cut out unimportant selections from within a video to shorten it and reduce the file size, and keeping one video file.
Delete Video Sections & Split – Similar to above, Delete Selection & Split, lets users cut out unneeded selections from within a video, but instead creates 2 new video files without the content from the deleted section.
Trim From Start – The Trim From Start function deletes the section of video from the click point to the START of the video file.
Trim To End – The Trim To End function deletes the section of video from the click point to the END of the video file.
Split Video – The Split function cuts the video in to 2 new video files based on the click point.
Join Geospatial Video File Segments – Join two geo-referenced, chronological video segments together, such as multiple video files with synchronized GPS companion files recorded in segments over a linear corridor or right-of-way (ROW).
Overlay GPS Data on Video – Create video files with continuous GPS coordinates overlaid on top – useful for sharing video GPS information with others using traditional, non-geospatial video player software.
Overlay Logos or Images on Video – Create video files with a logo or image overlaid on top, useful for branding or “watermarking” your videos.
Transcode/Encode Video – Simple video transcoding feature to convert videos from one file format to another.
Multiplex Synchronized Videos – Combine 2, 3 or 4 videos recorded over the same time and place into a singe video file with side by side or quad presentation. Ideal for combining multi-sensor gimbal videos like infrared and HD.
Capture Individual Geotagged Still Images from Video – Take a screen capture of the current video frame, and it will automatically be geo-tagged with GPS data from the source video.
Automated Image Extraction from Video – Capture a user-defined frequency of multiple geotagged still images from a video file including setting extraction start and end times. This is ideal for optimizing still images for 3rd-party photogrammetry and processing software like Pix4D and Esri Drone2Map.
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Geospatial Video File Support:
|File Formats||.MP2, .MP4 (H.246), .AVI (MPEG), .MOV|
|GPS Companion File Formats||.GPX, .FIT, .SRT (DJI drones), .RGPS, .CSV, KML, .TXT, .LOG, .MOFF (Sony action cameras), .XML (Cloud Cap Technology, Red Hen Systems)|
|Embedded GPS Metadata||Remote GeoSystems “Whisper” (Persistent GPS Encoding)|
Geospatial Photo Support:
|.JPEG||GPS metadata in EXIF header|
Other Geospatial Data Support:
|Data Files||Any Esri-compatible Shape Files (SHP)|
|Raster (Imagery) Files||Any Esri-compatible Raster Imagery files.|
|Streaming Data Endpoints||Any Esri-compatible Streaming Data Endpoints (ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online, etc.)|
Geospatial Project Packaging:
|Single PC, Local Network or Portable Drive||Remote GeoSystems .geoProject file|
|Portable Project File||Remote GeoSystems .geoProject “Uncompressed” file
Remote GeoSystems .geoProject “Pack & Go” .RGS file (similar to a zip file)
2.Installation and Registration
2.1.PC System Requirements
Before you install Video GeoEditor, verify your system meets these hardware and software requirements:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
- RAM: 8GB Minimum
- Operating System: Windows 7 or later
- Hard Drive: 500 GB Minimum (or more depending on recording length. Video files can take considerable space. Therefore it is important to have ample storage available).
- Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
- RAM: 16 GB Minimum
- Operating System: Windows 7 (64 Bit or better)
- Hard Drive: 1 TB Minimum (or more depending on recording length. Video files can take considerable space. Therefore it is important to have ample storage available).
2.2.Installing Video GeoEditor
Downloading the software
The download link for the software is within the email sent to the email address entered in the request form. Click the link to be directed to the version of the software that you requested and/or purchased.
NOTE: Some web browsers may not recognize LineVision software and may flag it as dangerous. The error is a false. Select Accept, Allow, or Continue.
Installing the software
Download and installation procedures are the same for all versions of LineVision Desktop.
Extract the .zip file you downloaded by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Extract All… then click the Extract button
Double click the setup.exe file in the extracted (unzipped) LineVision Desktop folder to begin the installation.
NOTE: If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10, you may encounter one of the security warnings below. Select More Info > Run Anyway… or Run to continue the installation.
Click the Next button once the LineVision Desktop installation wizard launches
Read the License Agreement and click the I Agree radio button. By clicking on the I Agree button, you have accepted the terms of the License Agreement. Click the Next button
You may select an installation folder for the software. We recommend you keep the default Installation Folder. You also have the option of allowing just yourself or anyone using the PC to access LineVision Desktop. Select the Next button to continue.
Select the Next button to confirm and begin the installation.
NOTE: You may have to allow this app to make changes to your PC. Select Yes.
Once the installation is complete, make sure the box to Launch Remote GeoSystems Codec Installer is checked and click on the Close button. This will begin the codec installation process.
Once the LineVision Desktop installation is complete, the Remote GeoSystems Codec installation will begin. This installer prompts you to install the necessary codecs to play the video formats used with LineVision Desktop.
Install geoDVR Codecs
If this is your first time installing any of the LineVision software titles, please make sure to install the geoDVR Codecs. We strongly recommend that you install the geoDVR Codecs even if you do not plan to use a geoDVR.
Microsoft Office system drivers for shapefiles
To view shapefiles, the Microsoft Office system drivers must be installed. Click the Install Office System Driver button to install the needed driver. If you are unsure if you will be using shapefiles, we recommend installing the driver in case shapefile support is needed.
Once you have installed the codecs and/or driver, click Close to exit the window.
2.4.Registering the Software
NOTE: You need to have an active Internet connection to complete the one-time registration process
IMPORTANT! Your LineVision Desktop software license key is unique to a specific PC and is non-transferable. Do not enter the license key on a computer you do not intend to use the software on for long term! If you need to transfer a license to a new PC, please contact our support for assistance at 970-397-7808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you launch the software for the first time, it will prompt you to enter the software license key. You may copy and paste it from your registration email into the registration window.
NOTE FOR TRIAL USERS: If you are using the seven-day trial, be aware this screen will open each time you launch the software. Simply click Continue to keep using the software for the duration of your trial.
After entering the License Code, click the Continue button.
After a few seconds, you should receive confirmation that your software has been successfully registered. If you have any problems registering the software, please contact our support at 970-397-7808 or email@example.com.
LineVision Desktop comes with a 7-day trial. After it expires, the software must be purchased if you wish to continue using it.
The purchase screen can be accessed by clicking the Buy Now button on the registration screen.
Already have an account: If you have a LineVision account, checking this box will allow you to log in and fill the fields with saved information
User Info: First Name, Last Name, E-mail, Phone Number and choosing a Password are required.
Billing Address: The billing address on file with your credit card company.
Credit Card Info: If you have used a credit card before, it will be filled in here. If not, enter the Card Number, Cardholder Name, Expiration Month/Year and CID (also known as the CVV2, usually a three-digit code on the back of your card).
Accept the Terms and click Purchase Now to complete the purchase. You should receive an e-mail that contains the purchase details along with your registration code.
If you have any problems ordering, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on purchasing, see https://www.remotegeo.com/purchase/
2.6.Launching the Software
After installation, the software can be launched in two ways, either via the Desktop shortcut or inside the Start Menu:
1. A shortcut can be to LineVision Desktop can be found on your desktop
2. The installer will also place a Remote GeoSystems folder inside your Start Menu, with a shortcut to the newly installed edition of LineVision
NOTE: This manual covers the Ultimate, Pro, or Basic editions of LineVision Desktop. Features only available in Pro and Ultimate will be tagged (Pro and Ultimate only). You may also refer to the feature comparison.
Once you launch the software, the application appears by default with the Video Viewer, Photo Viewer, and Audio Player in the top-left corner, the Media Browser, Layer Control, Map Navigation, GeoEditor (Ultimate only), GeoTagger in the bottom-left corner, and the Map Viewer on the right side. There is also a Menu Bar across the top.
Let’s first cover the different components of the application interface.
3.1.Viewers and Panels
Video Viewer, Photo Viewer, and Audio Player Panel:
This panel shows the Video Viewer, Photo Viewer, and Audio Player panels for a geotagged video stream, digital photo, or audio stream, respectively. You may select which one to display by clicking on the associated tab.
NOTE: When you load multiple geo-synchronized videos, additional Video Viewer Panels are shown, by default, below the Map Viewer Panel. You can change the Panel layout by dragging and dropping the panel into the desired location.
NOTE: The Audio Player feature is primarily used only by those have customized geoDVR logging separate geotagged audio files.
- The arrows advance the video forward or backward. How far or little depends on the time entered in the Set Video Skip Forward/Back Time.
- While the video plays, the GPS information shows the spatial track.
- Speed is measured in knots
- The disk with a green arrow pointing at it saves the photo.
- The magnifying glass allows you to zoom in and out of a photograph.
- The box with the orange arrows fits the image to the photo viewer screen.
- The blue buttons with arrows rotate the photograph clockwise or counterclockwise.
Audio Player Panel
This panel plays, pauses, stops or allows you to adjust the volume (for your speakers or headphones) of audio files.
Media Browser Panel
This panel shows a thumbnail image representing videos, photos, audio clips, and annotations.
Layer Control Panel
This panel provides options for adding additional map data layers to your geoProject. Even if you are not traditionally an Esri user, you can leverage background maps, raster imagery, and stream online and map server data produced by GIS experts in your organization. To hide and show layers click the checkbox to the desired setting.
NOTE: All panels are movable and can be “floating,” “docked” and resized. Simply left mouse-click the top of the panel and drag it to where you want it on the screen to float the panel. Alternatively, you may “pin” the panel to one of the arrows that appear when you begin dragging the panel. You can also resize the panel by clicking on one of the edges or corners and move your mouse accordingly.
Map Viewer Panel
This panel displays a variety “point” and “path” data from geospatial video to photos and SHP files, using Esri’s popular mapping technologies to provide base maps.
The Video Viewer allows you to play and control videos–with or without synchronized GPS data..
- The arrows advance the video forward or backward. How far or little depends on the time entered in the Set Video Skip Forward/Back Time
- While the video plays, the GPS information shows the spatial track
- Speed is measured in knots
The YouTube Player provides access to common YouTube functionality (play, volume, video scrubbing, closed captioning, settings) and includes the option to play a video directly from the Video GeoEditor interface or from YouTube itself. Videos available for YouTube playback need to be configured using options provided under the Cloud menu found on the menu bar.
Layer Control provides options for adding additional map data layers to your geoProject. Even if you are not traditionally an Esri ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap user, you can leverage background maps, raster imagery, and stream online and map server data produced by GIS experts in your organization. To hide and show layers, click the checkbox to the desired setting.
5.1.Change Base Layer
5.2.Adding a New Layer
5.3.Adding a New Raster or Shapefile Layer
5.5.Changing Layer Type
5.6.ArcGIS Rest Layers
6.2.Opening an Annotation
10.Working with Video
11.Working with Photos
14.Automatically Geotagging Videos
Video GeoEditor provides the ability to automatically and manually geotag videos.
Automatic GeoTagging: Video GeoEditor can automatically geotag video that has a GPS data log file to reference.The reference GPS data does not have to be from the same time period, same length in recording time, or even the same location as the video that was collected.
NOTE: For automatic geotagging, ideally you would keep GPS log(s) that are longer in time than the video recording segments, which helps ensure there is plenty of GPS data to accurately geotag your video.
The following snowboarding video is an example in which the GPS is logging data points throughout the afternoon, and the snowboarder only turns the video camera on just for the downhill runs. In this example, he loads the hour and a half GPS log file but only geotags a video clip for one of the runs.
Most GPS devices and smartphone apps will create a GPS log in .gpx file formats, however Video GeoEditor also supports all of the following GPS log file formats:
- SRT (some DJI UAV models)
- DJI Drone Flight Logs (encrypted text file)
To automatically tag your video:
1. To launch the GeoTag menu, click Geotag from the menu bar to Launch Video GeoTagger (or simply click the GeoTagger tab located in the lower right window).
2. Click Browse to select the video you want to geotag.
3. Click Browse to select the GPS data file you wish to sync with the video.
4. Click Load File(s). The video is loaded to the Video Viewer, the GPS track is presented in the Map Viewer, and a dialog box appears with information on selecting the geotag point.
5. Find a known visual place of reference in the video and then find that same corresponding place on the GPS track on the map.
NOTE: Users commonly associate the first frame in the video with a point on the GPS track on the map (as in these screenshot examples). However, you can associate any frame in the video with its corresponding place on the GPS track. Video GeoEditor will calculate the appropriate distance in the GPS log before and after the video frame (as in the snowboarding video in the beginning of this section.)
6. Play the video until you see the desired video frame and then click pause. Right-click a point corresponding to the location of the current frame of video in view and then select Geotag Video Here.
7. Now there will be a portion of the GPS track highlighted in orange, and the GPS section that will be synchronized with the video. Click Geotag Video to confirm the GPS section of interest.
8. After clicking Geotag Video, the GPS track (now in red) is shown and a “Video Successfully Geotagged” message box appears letting you know the newly selected GPS data has been associated with the video allowing for geospatial playback.
9. The video is now geotagged and can be played back “geospatially”. Clicking on any GPS point or GPS track to view how the “video location indicator” is following the camera’s approximate path of travel.
HOW-TO VIDEO: Automatically Geotagging video
See for yourself how easy it is to automatically geotag a video below. (For Adobe PDF users, click here)
15.Manually Geotagging Videos
Video GeoEditor allows you to geotag videos lacking corresponding GPS log files by manually selecting location data points. Manual geotagging allows you to utilize a video frame’s location content to create a GPS data log. You can click any number of points at any chosen interval of time.
To manually geotag a video:
1. Click Geotag from the menu bar to Launch Video GeoTagger or simply click the GeoTagger tab.
2. Select the video you want to geotag by clicking Browse. Once the video is loaded, click Load for Geotagging.
3. When no GPS content is detected, a message box appears notifying the user they are entering manual geotagging mode.
OPTIONAL: If desired, add additional map data layers using Layer Control tab. Adding more data layers provides additional details that can be helpful for referencing video frame(s) location(s) to places on the maps. In the following example, we have added aerial/satellite imagery so that we can better identify the individual windmills on the map.
4. In this example, the Video Viewer is displaying a map with the aerial/satellite layer selected. Zoom into the area previously established as a GPS starting point (corresponding with the location in the video). Right-click on the chosen starting point and select Manually Add Start Point.
5. Establish a manual GPS track using one of two options.
- Add points throughout your video until you reach the end, or
- Select your end point and add points in between the start and end points.
The following is an example of using option 1 and adding points throughout the video until we get to the end of our video.
NOTE: If you need to move to the end of your video to identify the last frame end location, simply move the video scrubber to the end of the video.
6. Play the video until you see the desired video frame and then click pause. Right-click a point corresponding to the location of the current frame of video in view and then select Manually Add Point Here at 00:00:00.
NOTE: Please be aware that where 00:00:00 shows, the time changes as you move through the video.
7. Repeat step 5 to add additional GPS points corresponding with the location of the current frame of video in view.
8. After selecting and adding all desired GPS points, select Manually Add End Point to set the video end point.
9. Select Geotag Video to view the GPS points on the map (displayed in red). A message will appear indicating the GPS data was saved and showing the path where your video and new .gpx companion file are located.
IMPORTANT! Make sure to keep this file, otherwise you will have to re-tag your video.
HOW-TO VIDEO: Manually Geotagging Videos
The following video shows the process for manually geotagging a video. For Adobe PDF users, click here.
The fully-featured image editor allows you to make many changes to captured images, without having to rely on third party software.
The following options are available:
Resize the photo, reducing the file size of it.
Resize the drawing area of the photo
Rotates the photo 90 degrees clockwise.
Rotates the photo 180 degrees clockwise.
Rotates the photo 270 degrees clockwise.
Applies a rounded corner effect to the image.
Flips the image upside-down
Flips the image rightside-left
Crops an area of the image and removes the area not selected.
Adds customizable text to the image
Draw lines on top of the image.
Add a shape to the image.
Shifts the hue of the image, changing the colors.
Shifts the saturation of the image, to make it more or less vibrant
Shifts the contrast of the image, changing the contrast ratio.
Invert the colors of the image to their opposites.
Sharpens the image. Sharpening too much can create artifacts.
Blurs the image.
17.Geotagging DJI Drone Videos
There are three ways to geotag video recorded from DJI drones. The methods available vary with the different drone models, and also between FREE and PRO edition.
1. SRT Files (FREE and PRO)
Based on internal research and customer feedback the following DJI models should support recording video with the .SRT file:
- Mavic Pro
- Inspire 1 & 2
- Phantom 3 Pro
- Phantom 4 Standard (but not Phantom 4 Pro)
As long as the .SRT file is in the same directory as the video, it should prompt you to load it automatically.
2. Flight Record (FREE and PRO)
DJI Flight Record data can be pulled from the phone/tablet
3. Closed Caption (PRO only)
For certain DJI models that embeds GPS data into the video file itself as closed captioning tracks, such as the Phantom Pro 4.